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Performance Management snapshotAnnouncing Version 2.0 of UCR’s Performance Management System

Human Resources has developed Version 2.0 of the Performance Management (PM) process.

In this new version, you will find new and revised forms designed to streamline the performance management process. In addition, the PM process has been simplified with the addition of clear step-by-step directions on the Performance Appraisal form, eliminating the need for lengthy training classes; the number of performance factors have been reduced; and resources have been created to smoothly guide users through Version 2.0 including: HR Helpful Hints, Version 2.0 PM Helpline and optional Information Sessions.

Finally, we wish to remind you that the current performance management review cycle will come to a close on March 31, 2018. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to visit the UCR Performance Management website for more information as well as to view the Performance Management timeline.

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HR Announces New
Employee & Labor Relations Director

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 Communicating Human Resources
Policy Changes

Alex Najera has been appointed to the position of Director of Employee and Labor Relations, effective March 5, 2018. He will lead a team which includes responsibility for all aspects of UCR’s employee and labor relations programs and related initiatives. To learn more about Alex, please visit the HR “What’s New” webpage.

The HR Monthly Digest is now being communicated through the Daily Digest. If you would like to have your monthly digest delivered directly into your inbox, please join our new email subscription list. You can also visit the HR Monthly Digest webpage to learn about our services and programs. In accordance with UCR Campus Policy Number: 350-11, Human Resources (HR) will utilize the Daily Digest to communicate proposed new policies and changes to existing University of California, Office of the President (UCOP) and University of California, Riverside (UCR) policies. Learn more

Employee and Organizational Development

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2018 UC People Management Conference

Wednesday, August 8 – Thursday, August 9, 2018

The UC People Management Conference brings together leaders from across the UC network to learn about current management topics, exchange best practices, collaborate with their peers, and continue their development and growth as UC people managers and leaders. This year’s conference will explore the importance of cultural change. After an unforgettable two days of learning, inspiration and fun, participants will walk away re-energized with knowledge, connections, and tools to help them achieve their goals and maximize their teams' full potential. To learn more about the People Management Conference, visit the Employee & Organizational Development website.

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My UC Career

Now available

UCR has launched My UC Career, a self-directed, online career development portal available to all UC employees. My UC Career will help you discover your career path and provide you with tools to learn more about your strengths, skills and opportunities. Please visit the MY UC Career website for more information. 

Facilitation Skills Workshop

Facilitation Skills Workshop

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Facilitation Skills Workshop will give participants the opportunity to apply best practices when facilitating to an audience. The workshop discusses the differences between training, facilitation, and presenting, and how to connect to the audience through storytelling, effective questioning, and a strong agenda. For more information about this course, visit the Employee & Organizational Development website.

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Crucial Conversations (non-supervisors only)

Thursday - Friday, March 22 – 23, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Crucial Conversations teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics – at all levels of the organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you will surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. For more information about this course, visit the Employee & Organizational Development website.

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 Collaborative Leadership

Monday, April 9, 2018 | Thursday, April 12, 2018

In this course, you will learn the power and advantages of collaboration, characteristics of collaborative people and leaders, and leave with personal action items to work toward collaborating with others. This course follows Google’s quest to build the perfect team and what that research revealed. It will provide you with a deeper understanding of your own collaborative leadership style and how to apply it to the workplace. For more information about this course, visit the Employee & Organizational Development website. Featured Courses

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is an online training library available to all UCR staff and faculty via R’Space. It contains over 1,000 courses and video tutorials on a wide variety of software, technology, non-technical skill, and creative topics, to support both professional and personal development. can be accessed from your laptop, tablet, Smart Phone or personal computer. Learn more

Workplace Health and Wellness
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Mission Possible: 5

Mission Possible: 5 Kickoff \ Tuesday, April 3, 2018
12 – 1:00 p.m. | HUB 302 South

Back by popular demand, Mission: Possible 5 is an 8-week team wellness challenge. If creating new healthy habits seems impossible, Mission: Possible 5 is here to help.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to complete “confidential” missions either as a solo agent or as part of a team of 4. Each week you will receive a video transmission from Mission Command with your weekly mission. Missions will focus on daily healthy habits such as nutrition, activity and stress management. For more information, view the Mission Possible: 5 flyer.

Healthy Campus Initiative

Healthy Campus Initiative – Update

Study, work & live

The Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI), part of the larger systemwide Healthy Campus Network supported by President Napolitano, invests in improving the health and quality of life for our campus and community. There are several ways to get involved.

To learn about the HCI grant funded projects and recipients, read the Inside UCR article. Staff and students are also encouraged to participate in sub-committee meetings, please visit the UCR Healthy Campus Initiative website for more information.

Additionally, the HCI Faculty Competition has several advantages for UCR faculty including options for coursework credit, research hours and internships. By supporting HCI, faculty can earn rewards for their department as well as for themselves. For more information, read the Inside UCR article and visit the HCI Faculty Competition webpage


Healthy Campus Initiative – Now on Instragram

You can now follow the Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) on Instagram. Get information about HCI, healthy tips and upcoming events. Visit HCI on Instagram at:

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Relaxation Yoga Practices with Diane

Spring 2018

Diane Del Buono, Associate of the Chancellor leads gentle yoga poses where a chair replaces the yoga mat. The chair becomes an extension of your body allowing you to take full advantage of yoga’s fitness and health benefits while wearing comfortable work clothes. To see the class schedule and get registration information, view the Relaxation Yoga Practices flyer.

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The more you move, the more you win

R’Move is a free physical activity tracking program (Walker Tracker), that syncs with your activity device (such as Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, iPhone or Android phone). This tool allows you to track and convert any physical activity into steps. As you accumulate steps, you will earn prizes. For more information, visit the UCR HR Wellness website.

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